Proposal to Amend MSANA Bylaws

At our meeting in April, we discussed amending the Bylaws in order to accomplish the following tasks:

  • Allow residents to be elected to the association board after attending a  minimum of 2 meetings (decreased from 4) in the previous 12 months
  • Require a review of the bylaws annually
  • Clean up grammar and formatting issues

The attached document is the new version of the bylaws to be proposed for a vote at MSANA’s next general meeting, on May 5, 2021 at 6:30 pm at the monthly virtual Zoom meeting. Let this post serve as the fulfillment of Article XIV of the current bylaws, which states:

All amendments to these bylaws must be proposed in writing and submitted to members at least seven (7) days before voting on their adoption may proceed. Notice of a proposal to amend the bylaws, specifying the date, time and place for consideration, must be provided to all members at least seven (7) days before voting. Adoption of and amendments to these bylaws shall require a two-thirds (2/3) vote by the members present at a general meeting.

Announcing Board Elections in May

Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association will hold elections for Board positions May 5th, 2021. The MSANA Board is a participatory based volunteer organization. Board members must be Neighborhood Association members (see below) and must have attended at least four meetings within the current calendar year in order to be eligible to be elected. (See Bylaws Article VI, Section 2).

Membership in the Neighborhood Association is open to residents, property owners, business licensees and representatives of governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations located within the neighborhood boundaries. To qualify as a member one must also have confirmed their membership status on a meeting sign-in sheet (or otherwise verified within the meeting minutes). (See Bylaws Article IV, Section 1).

Board positions include Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Past Chair, SE Uplift Board Member, and At-Large Members as committee chairs or event coordinators. The time commitment is a few nights availability each month and the desire to see your neighborhood improve as the city grows. Contact us if you are interested!

In the past year MSANA Board members have installed a Community Care Cabinet at the Arleta Triangle, helped distribute US Census posters throughout the region, provided support to the Shelter to Housing Continuum Project, adopted diversity equity inclusion and accessibility guidelines, participated within a coalition of neighborhoods working together to improve safety and connectivity in the area, and more. What would you like to see happen in the next year? Join the MSANA Board and help your community today.

All are welcome. Todos son bienvenidos. Tất cả đều được chào đón.

Interested Persons Needed for Lower Southeast Rising Area Plan Project Advisory Committee

The City of Portland, Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability and Portland Bureau of Transporation, is seeking interested persons to serve in one of 20 positions on the Lower Southeast Rising Area Plan Project Advisory Committee. The Lower SE Rising Area Plan will assess land use and transportation issues in portions of Brentwood-Darlington, Mt Scott-Arleta, Woodstock and Lents. The purpose of the project is to expand neighborhood commercial opportunities and address the historic lack of transportation options. We invite you to apply and share this opportunity. Applications are currently due by March 5, but all interested parties are highly encouraged to apply throughout March. Click here to learn more about the committee and how to apply.

Even if you are not able to join the committee, we still want to stay connected! Learn more about the project and subscribe for occasional email updates by visiting the project website:

Community Care during COVID-19: Call to Action

Our Arleta Triangle Community Care Cabinet needs your help.

Picture of the Arleta Triangle Project and Community Care Cabinet covered with snow in SE Portland, Oregon during a winter event in February, 2021.

COVID-19 has made it harder for neighbors to connect in our usual places, including at the Arleta Triangle in the Mt. Scott Arleta Neighborhood. Last year, with a small grant from Southeast Uplift (our neighborhood coalition office), we installed some COVID-relief amenities including a vandal-proof hand sanitizer dispenser, a safely-distanced bench for resting, and a cupboard for supplies for our neighbors in need. Now, as we enter our second year of the pandemic, our community members are still in need and more volunteers can help us meet it. 

If you want to help us keep basic hygiene and warming supplies available to our neighbors, please click the link below to let us know your availability and how to contact you. Thank you for being part of the neighborhood and supporting each other.

Items that are welcome include toiletries, garments, first aid, and food items. Travel-size items are the most helpful. Please no worn used clothing unless like-new!



Dental floss
Hand cream
Laundry soap
Hand sanitizer
Bar soap
Menstrual supplies tampons/pads


Face masks
Hand warmers
Emergency blankets
Warm socks (wool or acrylic)


Antibiotic cream


Shelf-stable snacks
Easy to prepare
Canned goods
High-protein foods

Picture of a bench with Arleta Triangle Project design etched onto it with the words, "THE TRIANGLE MT. SCOTT-ARLETA SOUTHEAST PORTLAND."